Strategies in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: An Empirical Investigation of Large German Companies
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Forthcoming
38 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last revised: 2 May 2012
Date Written: April 28, 2012
Companies which manage global supply chains face a high level of complexity with a large number of suppliers in diverse socio-economic contexts and growing expectations by customers and standardization schemes to control social and environmental aspects. In the context of sustainable development to effectively manage supplier relationships has therefore gained particular attention in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). This paper investigates two SSCM strategic approaches in Germany’s largest stock companies with regard to supplier management. Supplier evaluation and selection adopts a risk-oriented strategic perspective whereas supplier development represents a business opportunity-oriented approach managing supplier chains for sustainable products. The survey-based analysis reveals that large German large stock companies mainly implement risk-oriented SSCM strategies.
Keywords: supplier management, sustainable supply chain management, strategies, sustainable development, corporate sustainability, Germany
JEL Classification: M11, M13, L23
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